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Odisha historians pay rich tributes to Prof Bipan Chandra


Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sept 2;

Speakers paid rich tributes to eminent historian professor Bipan Chandra, who passed away in Delhi on August 30, at a condolence meeting held at the Odisha branch of the National Archives here today.

Bipan ChandraThe meeting presided over by noted writer and trade union leader of Odisha was attended by a good number of historians, history teachers and students from Ravenshaw University, Utkal University and Regional Institute of Education, Bhubaneswar as well as social activists.

Among those who spoke on Bipan Chandra, the historian and the man, included Prof Chandi Prasad Nanda, Prof Pritish Acharya, Prof Abhiram Biswal, Prof Basant Mallik, Prof Sushmit Pani and Dr Lalatendu Das Mahapatra.

They focused on the lasting contributions made by Prof Bipan in the fields of historical research, teaching and textbook content. Prof Chandra was described as a great historian, a legendary teacher, scholar and an activist.

Prof Chandra  had led a major protest in the late 70s against a move by the Janata Party government to change the secular content of history textbooks, recalled a former student of  the outspoken professor.

Prof Bipan was a lifelong communist and identified himself with the poor and marginalised sections of the society. He never hesitated to raise his voice against the powers that be when it came to defending their rights, the speakers said.